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by workbalance
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

The humor you're talking about is probably closer to the absurdity observed by existentialists. It is my concern not to be trapped into the absurdity observed by existentialists, not inside that spherical wall upon which logic hits and cannot pass. I believe in God, by my own inclination and by the...
by workbalance
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

Jingtoo2 wrote: Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:52 am Your ideas may be valuable to you. But they are not the Dharma of the Buddha. And I think that’s the most important thing that I can say to you... :smile:
:smile: is our common ground
by workbalance
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

There is no "divine unknown source" taught in Buddhism. We are not interested in theatricality. Genuineness is valuable on this path. and when we train our mind to be less of a mess we suffer less. Using different words does not necessarily mean that we disagree. For me, "joke" and "theatricality" ...
by workbalance
Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

Buddha Shakyamuni was a serious fellow (from what we know today) who never taught that "life is a joke". This would not make sense in the context of the Buddhist teachings. But a joke can have a very serious content. What I mean by this is viewing life as a theatrical performance, but not based on ...
by workbalance
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

craving for non existence..as in Hamlets soliloquy. The historical Buddha said to ask the origin of such things is not likely to lead anywhere. It’s like asking the origin of gravity. We can build a mathematical model but won’t stop it hurting if something heavy falls on our head. Thank you for you...
by workbalance
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

avatamsaka3 wrote: Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:04 pm

Taṇhā.
avatamsaka3 wrote: Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:04 pm
Unenlightened states proceed from ignorance. The "joke" you mention is not a Buddhist concept. Things arise and fall away in dependence on causes and conditions.
What is the source of Taṇhā? What is the source of ignorance? What would be wrong if they did not exist?
by workbalance
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

a 'divine joke' that amuses the permanent reality. Define this alleged permanent reality. If there were such a thing, it would not be amused by suffering. Amusement and suffering are temporary conditions. How could a permanent reality be affected by them? It seems that I'm not using the right words...
by workbalance
Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

I don’t understand what you are saying Any view that proposes a permanent self is an illusion. If the word 'self' is the problem, we could say permanent 'reality' instead. So what I'm trying to say is that 'suffering' in the world of impermanence is a 'divine joke' that amuses the permanent reality.
by workbalance
Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

Hence, if one isn’t trying to satisfy a “permanent self” one doesn’t experience the problems that result from trying to do that. But since we are talking about the problem of amusing the permanent self, isn't that already solved? Identification with impermanence is the already well-known & well-exe...
by workbalance
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

muni wrote: Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:21 am
Even Buddhism teaches the body is not what we merely are ( we should not so identify with it, being a permanent thing)
So we have an innate desire for permanence but we are attached to things that are impermanent.
This seems like trying to find a way to amuse our permanent self!
by workbalance
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Re: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

PadmaVonSamba wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:37 pm But you can Google “what causes aging?”
Of course I can do that, but I'm interested in the Buddhist perspective, hoping for
an intuitive explanation rather than the descriptive reductions of modern science.
by workbalance
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?
Replies: 34
Views: 1252

Is suffering intimately connected with the biological aging of cells?

Hello, In my limited acquaintance with Buddhism, I have seen the theory of dependent origination: pratityasamutpada with the twelve nidanas. This is a quite moving explanation of the cycle of suffering, but in this context, I also wondered and would like to ask: What is it that causes the emergence ...
by workbalance
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 3888

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

Aemilius wrote: Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:06 pm using these as means to purify, refine and broaden people.
this is so meaningful, education as purification, in a cross-cultural way..
by workbalance
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 3888

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

How do you propose maths should be taught 'with the mystical side'? Can you provide a concrete example? Plato's dialogue Meno is a nice elementary example, where a boy is led to double the area of a square; which is then viewed as innate knowledge revealed. An example of a pythagorean concept: http...
by workbalance
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 3888

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

All of this is outside the scope of Buddhist philosophy, generally; I don't think any of the classical Buddhist logicians had much to say about it. But I don't think it means that Buddhism negates this kind of understanding - it simply doesn't need to pursue it for its purposes. See also Buddhism a...
by workbalance
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 3888

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

an overly intellectual, thought-focused disposition can be a huge hindrance to Dharma practice I totally agree, that's exactly my problem with mathematics as is taught today, i.e., without the mystical side which by all evidence the Pythagoreans did emphasize. Perharps it was a peculiar development...
by workbalance
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 3888

Re: Dukkha and pure mathematics.

an overly intellectual, thought-focused disposition can be a huge hindrance to Dharma practice I totally agree, that's exactly my problem with mathematics as is taught today, i.e., without the mystical side which by all evidence the Pythagoreans did emphasize. Perharps it was a peculiar development...
by workbalance
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dukkha and pure mathematics.
Replies: 33
Views: 3888

Dukkha and pure mathematics.

How does Buddhism view the power of mathematical reasoning and its high status in the philosophy of Pythagoras and Plato, as a training method that provides great assistance in the gradual transformation of human consciousness from painfully subjective to joyfully objective perception of reality? Ov...
by workbalance
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Express your Zen in 10 words.
Replies: 85
Views: 10789

Re: Express your Zen in 10 words.

airplanes of saltshakers
or maybe
airplanes of saltshakers?

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